Toronto Research Exploration Opportunity Program 2020


Our program offers students the unique opportunity to explore cutting-edge research in a laboratory setting across the University of Toronto Campuses and at several affiliated hospitals. This program will take place during work hours for five days during spring break (March 16th-20th, 2020) and will enable students to explore the world of research, be immersed in the process of scientific inquiry, and ask questions about possible paths to this field. Participants will engage in activities including tours of first-class research facilities, introductions to basic techniques and experiments using state-of-the-art equipment, shadowing of lab personnel and attending lab meetings, seminars and faculty presentations. Students will be mentored by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows and gain first hand exposure to the projects their mentors are working on.


Please see this link for a list of the projects that our participating labs are currently working on. On the application form, students can rank the projects in which they are most interested and we will do our best to place students in one of their top three choices. 

Only applications submitted through our centralized system will be considered. Please do not contact host laboratories or PIs directly.


Please check out our highlights package for highlights here and full student testimonials here!


  • Applicants must meet the following criteria in order for consideration: Must be enrolled in a Canadian high school in grade 10, 11 or 12
  • Must demonstrate an interest in STEM research
  • Must complete the application form and submit all required documentation prior to the deadline

NovemberApplications open November 18th, 2019
DecemberApplications close December 27th, 2019
JanuarySuccessful applicants will be contacted
MarchResearch Program will take place from March 16th-20th, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Application link here.

Link to the application handbook here.

Students accepted into the program will be responsible for:

  • Travel arrangements to and from the lab
  • Completing online safety courses (if necessary) prior to the program and following lab safety protocols during the week
  • Ensuring completion of safety waiver forms and parental permission forms
  • Completing a feedback survey and writing a reflection essay following the program


Please do not hesitate to contact the Toronto Research Exploration Opportunity Program Lead, Sabrina, at